Resources: Enzyme Books

I have looked at or own most of the applied digestive enzyme books available. Here are some of the more common ones you can use as a guide. There is another category of enzyme books that deal with the chemistry of enzymes, or with specific uses such as with cancer or thrombosis.

last updated 7.14.06

Enzymes for Autism and other Neurological Conditions
by Karen DeFelice. 2002

This is an extremely practical book on enzyme therapy. It was written to fulfill the need of non-technical people wanting to investigate and use digestive enzymes on a daily basis. It also provides a solid review of the research science over the years showing how effective enzymes have been in improving many aspects of health, and a description of why enzymes may be effective. While most other books relate why enzymes may be beneficial, they do not really explain how to do it or what to expect as this one does. This also gives real life examples from people using enzymes in various circumstances.

The book Enzymes for Digestive Health and Nutrition Wealth is a variation of this book and came out eight months later. You do not need both titles as the content is not that different. The core content is the same, but the examples and some passages are written for a more adult general audience in the Digestive Health book.

available at most bookstores and online vendors
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Enzymes: Go With Your Gut!
by Karen DeFelice. 2006

Available Fall 2006. Another practical book on enzyme therapy that continues fill in needs where the author's first book left off, and addresses some common questions that come up once someone begins enzymes. This book includes specific guidelines for starting enzymes (The Great Low-n-Slow Method) to minimize adjustment effects, and programs for yeast, bacteria, and viral control. It also includes an in-depth discussion of enzyme action with viruses. This book includes discussion of some of the commonly used enzymes for system-wide healing: focuses on serratio peptidase, nattokinase, and seaprose for issues such as respiratory conditions, autoimmune problems, heart issues, fibrin, pain, and other health concerns. There is a Troubleshooting Guide that looks at specific symptoms and easy suggestions for what to do.

available at most bookstores and online vendors

Enzymes: What the Experts Know!
by Tom Bohager. One World Press. 2006

This book is laid out in two basic parts. The first part talks about digest enzymes in
general and is good for someone very new to enzymes. The second part gives lists of enzyme recommendations for all sorts of ailments...from bedsores to joint pain to PMS to MS. The descriptions are brief and it does not attempt to play doctor. But it does outline general enzyme programs for each ailment. This provides a general ballpark idea of what enzymes to consider. What I admire about the suggestions are that there are not lists of only one company's products or so vague they are not helpful. The enzyme suggestions give the TYPE or CLASS of enzyme product to consider with approximate doses. This lets you know what types of enzyme blends to look for and then enables you to customize the program for your own needs. It would make a good reference for any health practitioner interested in incorporating enzyme therapy into their total program.

available at most natural health stores and some online vendors
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Enzymes & Enzyme Therapy: How to Jump-Start Your Way to Lifelong Good Health
by Anthony J. Cichoke. Keats Publishing. 1994

I like this book. It gives an easy to understand review on why enzymes help various conditions like immune system, cancer, back pain, heart disease and lists some of the research done. It does not give details on how to implement enzymes, just a general overview of how they help health.

available at most bookstores and online vendors

Enzymes – The Fountain of Life
by D.A. Lopez, M. Williams, and Miehlke. The Neville Press. Charleston, South Carolina. 1994

I REALLY like this book. More technical than the previous two, but more detailed in terms of the digestive enzyme mechanics and gives different studies that Cichoke's book. Has the history of enzyme therapy, how they are used in medicine, and some interesting stories of how enzymes therapy came about. It may be a little harder to find, but if you are very interested in enzymes for health, it is worth the effort to look for it.

a little harder to find. Check bookstores that handle used or out-of-print books such as Barnes&Nobles online ( has several copies listed under 'Rare, Secondhand, & Out of Print Store'. also has them listed as 'older' books.

The Complete Enzyme
by Anthony J. Cichoke (same author as for other book, this fellow has written a number of alternative health books)

This big, thick book is widely available online and in health food stores, but I do not care for it and is one of the only ones I did not buy. It is a good reference, outlines a multitude of health conditions and then suggests various enzymes you can use for each. But it would list 10 different products that would need to be given together. So this was neither financially reasonable nor practical in my opinion. I found it to be too general and too vague to be of use, although someone else may find it beneficial. I would definitely suggest you find a copy to look at before you invest in it.

The Enzyme Cure
by Lita Lee, Lisa Turner, Burton Goldberg

This one looked useful but I quickly went to other sources. Has cute little side-bars with nuggets of health information. This may be most beneficial as a starter book if you don't know much about enzymes or digestive health at all. Then balance it out with other books. The other thing is this is more like a 'sales book' in that it commonly says to use about 4-8 different proprietary enzyme products for each health condition, and you would have to buy them all from one commercial enzyme company without telling you what enzyme types are in each product.

available in most bookstores or online

Food Enzymes for Health & Longevity
by Dr. Edward Howell

I found this useful but it is basically a literature review of enzyme research from 1901 containing roughly 400 studies. More for someone interested in finding out how enzyme therapy research started and 'the early years' of discovery and documenting results. Is not a practical application of enzyme therapy, but has interesting stories of prior research.

available online or perhaps in used bookstores

Enzymes Nutrition
by Dr. Edward Howell

Has a basic review of the benefits of enzymes in health and contains some research not given in the other books. Dr. Howell has been involved with enzyme therapy a looooong time. This book outlines his theories and why. Some of his ideas have been proven true while others have not stood the test of time, nor are widely accepted.

available online and in some bookstores

Enzyme Therapy
by Dr. Max Wolf

I would very much like this book and have been looking for it for sometime, but cannot find any copies in print. Dr. Wolf developed Wobenzyme, a highly studied protease product. If anyone would happen to run across this, please let me know and I will be one happy camper!

Someone found a used book for me! Hurrah!
This book is basically about the research with the protease product Wobenzymes for uses other than food digestion. Talks about theory and some clinical practice. Not a how-to but interesting for enzymes afficionados.

The Healing Power of Enzymes
by Dr. DicQue Fuller, founder and president of Transformation Enzyme Corporation

Covers general information on digestive enzymes and health for the non-technical person. Presents four body types (based on the overall shape of your body). Fuller bases the body types on diet versus your body's ability to digest and use what you eat AND how your glands may be functioning. The resulting body type involves reactions of the following: thyroid, parathyroid, gonadal system, adrenal glands, endocrine system, and
pituitary glands. I don't have enough understanding of all these gland systems to even comment on it. Fuller's book is written for the non-technical person and is a basic book on enzymes and health, not enzymes and glands. It does not go into heavy detail on how the glands impact enzymes, digestion, and body type. It does tell you about the body types, which enzymes each body type may need more of, and what foods each body type may do best with.

Review Coming Soon!

Micro Miracles – Discover the Healing Power of Enzymes
by Ellen Cutler. 2005

an excerpt is given here



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